Bullets lose NBL thriller to Breakers

The fight for the NBL's top four promises to be a bare-knuckled one, with the New Zealand Breakers needing a touch of class to hold off a Brisbane comeback in an 85-84 thriller.

Tom Abercombie (15 points) showed nerves of steel to hit the winner with barely a second remaining on Sunday night after the Bullets' remarkable turnaround at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Even at this stage of the season, the two sides look set to battle for one of the remaining spots in the playoffs.

New Zealand should have had the game in their keeping after a lopsided first half but the Bullets refused to quit.

Two days after a buzzer-beating three-pointer sank Brisbane in Perth, Bullets guard Adam Gibson shot them back into contention with 17 points.

But they gave the Breakers too much of a head start, and couldn't haul in the visitors who were led superbly by Patrick Richard with 21 points.

The Bullets did well to stay in touch with the Breakers early in the game. Almost every possession was fruitful for the Auckland-based side who shot at 65 per cent accuracy for much of the first half.

Richard, Shawn Long and Shea Ili executed complex offensive plays like they were playing unopposed at a local park.

Brisbane trailed by up to 23 points as the visitors ran rampant in the second quarter.

But the cool, clinical edge to the Breakers' game fell away after halftime as the home side mounted an audacious comeback.

When Lamar Patterson rolled in a tough one-handed basket under the attention of a double team, the fightback was on.